Course Descriptions and General Information
What is ORCKA?
The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) promotes paddling and the interests of recreational paddlers in the province of Ontario. ORCKA is the largest of the provincial and national associations representing paddlers and promoting paddling. ORCKA's goal is to promote the development of safe, competent and knowledgeable recreational paddlers. As well, the association makes paddling experiences accessible to everyone, with the mission of igniting passion for paddling experiences in general. ORCKA is also committed to the preservation of the paddling environment.
"Whatever and wherever you paddle, ORCKA is the association for recreational paddlers in the province of Ontario"
Why take an ORCKA approved kayaking course?
ORCKA conducts instructor courses which certify some of the best paddlers and teachers to be ORCKA instructors. From beginner to expert instructor, ORCKA'S high standards are recognized and used by clubs, camps, schools, outfitters and many other organizations throughout the province. You can feel at ease knowing that you are learning from qualified instructors and feel proud to complete each level of the ORCKA kayaking program, earning certificates along the way.
Safe Kayaking Course
This program provides first time paddlers with basic safety information relative to kayaking. By the end of this session, it is expected that the paddlers will have enough skill to successfully get in and out of a kayak and be able to go recreational kayaking with a partner in calm and sheltered conditions, close to short for an hour or two. The emphasis is on a safe and enjoyable introduction to kayaking. No prerequisites are required.
Flatwater Kayaking Level A
The program is designed to introduce the novice or relatively inexperienced kayaker to paddling. The emphasis is on mastering the fundamentals of kayaking along with a strong grounding in water safety and safe kayaking practices. Upon completion of level A, the successful course participant should have the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and execute short (up to half-day) kayak tours with other similarly skilled individuals in sheltered waters. No prerequisites are required.
Flatwater Kayaking Level B
This program is the second part of Flatwater Kayaking and is designed to complete the process of mastering the fundamentals begun in Flatwater Kayaking Level A. Water safety and safe kayaking practices are stressed. Upon completion of level B, the successful course participant should have the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and execute short (up to half-day) kayak tours with other similarly skilled individuals in sheltered waters. Prerequisites required - ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking Level A, equivalent, or comparable skills and experience (with the permission of the Course Director).
General requirements for all courses
A personal floatation device (PFD) is mandatory for all in-water portions of the courses. Children under the age of 18 require a PFD to be worn at all times. Participants of all ages need to be comfortable in the water conditions that are associated with each course level.
Adventure Bound Kayaking